Category Archives: Human Relationships

It’s been long…


“It’s so much darker when a light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ― John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. “Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, … Continue reading

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Conversations in the car


The best time to connect with your children is usually around the dinner table. They tell you about their day, you lock eyes, you eat, they talk some more, and it’s all nice and pleasant. Conversational even.  For amateurs!!  You … Continue reading

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Breakfast in bed


My youngest will be having an early birthday party today. Her actual birthday falls on a school day this year. She is turning 8.  She is having a friend sleepover, she’s all excited about the cake and the friends coming, … Continue reading

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We’re not ready yet!


I wrote this post in June when we were all worried we might lose Nelson Mandela. Now we did. Now we mourn him. When we are less sad, we will celebrate the life of a hero who taught this angry … Continue reading

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Karma, explained.


Sitting in my room, my seven-year-old comes and sits next to me on my bed.  “Mom, do you realize that I have been behaving nicely?” “Yes, you have been great. Hardly misbehaving. I’m proud of you.” “Great, so that means … Continue reading

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You can’t afford to miss this movie


Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people. Gibran Khalil Gibran Friends who were visiting in November suggested I watch a movie called ‘Searching for … Continue reading

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My voice counts


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Today is Human Rights Day. 64 years ago, a drafting committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt finalized the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that took two years … Continue reading

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Theology 101


As we were decorating the Christmas tree, my six-year-old and I, listening to Boney M’s ‘Little Drummer Boy’ on repeat with the call to prayer from a nearby Dubai mosque in the background, my kid thought it was a good … Continue reading

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The soda fountain of youth


“Do we all have to die?” my six-year-old asked me as I was putting her pyjamas on last night. Taken aback, I had to think fast and finally replied: “People usually die when they’re old. At the end of their … Continue reading

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Foggy sandstorm


A number of consecutive sandstorms has hit the UAE recently. Low-lying fog filled with suspended sand and dust everywhere you look. I was driving back from Abu Dhabi when it hit. It made the memories flood back. The first time … Continue reading

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